The Office of Disability and Access Services provides a variety of accommodations and services to ensure the utmost success for students with documented disabilities.
The Office of Disability and Access Services hires notetakers to provide supplemental notes to students with disabilities, but these supplemental notes are not intended to serve as a substitute for class attendance. A notetaker is a fellow student who is recruited by the student with the disability directly or with help by the faculty member.
- The notetaker first meets with office staff to discuss responsibilities and the expectations of service.
- When taking notes, the notetaker is not expected to do anything outside of what he or she normally does when taking notes for him- or herself. The notetaker and the student with a disability should discuss the best way for the student to receive the notes, either by email or by making photocopies in the Office of Disability and Access Services and posting them to a dedicated bulletin board for pickup.
- Notes should be forwarded to the student no more than 48 hours following the class. If the notetaker is unable to attend class, he or she is responsible for arranging for a fellow classmate to take notes (but the office cannot pay the substitute notetaker directly). If a notetaker is unable to continue providing service, he or she must inform the office as well as the recipient student immediately so a replacement notetaker can be assigned.
- The Office of Disability and Access Services will always send communication regarding notetaking to students' ubalt.edu email accounts, so students receiving notes and notetakers must check those accounts regularly and respond to all messages from the office.
- Notetakers receive payment at the end of the semester for each course for which they provide services.
Take a look at the agreements for notetaking services for students receiving notes and for notetakers to thoroughly understand your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the Office of Disability and Access Services in serving you. Don't worry about printing these out or signing them; we'll take care of that together when we meet with you.
Sign language interpreters
The office provides sign language interpreters for students, staff or faculty who need to communicate via sign language. If you need sign language interpretation services, please contact us to make a request. Keep in mind that the office requires a minimum of seven calendar days’ notice to assign an interpreter for a class or event on campus.
- Students requesting sign language interpreters should provide their semester schedules as soon as possible so interpreters can be arranged for their classes.
- The office determines the need for interpreters based on documentation it receives from students. The office will determine, based on the content of the course, length of course (time per session) and instructor, whether one or two interpreters should be assigned per course.
- Students using interpreters should notify the Office of Disability and Access Services of any difficulty they experience with their interpreter(s), including lateness, lack of communication, professionalism issues and attendance problems. If necessary, the office will secure a substitute interpreter.
- Students should notify the office, if possible, at least 24 hours in advance if they are unable to attend class or another prearranged appointment for which interpretation services have been requested. Students are also encouraged to contact their interpreter(s) directly in such cases.
- Interpreters will wait 15 minutes per scheduled class hour. If a student does not arrive within that time frame and hasn't contacted both the office and the interpreter(s) about the late arrival, the interpreter(s) can leave and report the student's tardiness to the office.
Alternate format for textbooks and course materials
Students are required to purchase their books prior to requesting them in alternative format. They can either purchase them via the campus bookstore or other organizations that sell books. There are also several sites that students can purchase books already in alternative format instead of requesting these through the Office of Disability and Access Services. These include:
- Coursesmart.com- offers e-textbooks for rental
- Vitalsource.com- offers e-textbooks at a cost to the student
If the student cannot obtain a textbook in alternative format, on their own, they can then contact the Office of Disability and Access Services who offers alternate formats of textbooks and course materials by contacting publishers to request books in whatever alternate format a student requires. If a textbook cannot be obtained through the publisher, the office will work with other organizations, such as Learning Ally, to obtain the book.
- If the office cannot secure a textbook in an alternate format, it can scan a book purchased by the student; however, this option requires the office to break the book's binding.
- Textbooks in alternate formats need to be requested in a timely manner for them to be available prior to the start of classes.
- Course materials in alternate formats—including enlarged handouts, use of colored paper and Braille—can also be requested through the office.
- Students who want full access to Learning Ally's services (e.g., ordering books for personal interest) can apply for an individual membership by contacting the company directly.
Take a look at the request for textbooks and required readings in alternate formats to thoroughly understand your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the Office of Disability and Access Services in serving you. Don't worry about printing these out or signing them; we'll take care of that together when we meet with you.
The office coordinates testing accommodations based on students' documentation. Testing accommodations can include extended time, a low-distraction environment, use of a computer and more, as determined through an interactive process between a student with a documented disability and the office's staff.
Take a look at the agreement for testing accommodations to thoroughly understand your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the Office of Disability and Access Services in serving you. Don't worry about printing these out or signing them; we'll take care of that together when we meet with you.
The University of Baltimore strives to provide a fully accessible campus; all buildings are equipped with accessible entryways, and classrooms are included in the University's accessibility plan.
If a building is not accessible due to maintenance or another unforeseen circumstance, the Office of Disability and Access Services will work with the Office of Facilities Management and Capital Planning to assess the situation and to make any changes necessary to ensure accessibility. If an emergency arises (i.e., an elevator not functioning), the office will work with the same office to provide access or, if needed, to email students registered with the office with information about the problem and about options for access to other areas.
To report issues of accessibility on campus, contact the Office of Disability and Access Services at 410.837.4775 or at email@example.com.